God as a friend

08.03.2016

 

"So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend."

Exodus 33:11

 

In the narrative of the original story of Israel as a people and as a country we see taking place the figure of Moses , as the one “saved from the waters” (this is the meaning of his name) who becomes the leader of an entire nation leading them to salvation through the waters. Even though the Lord was speaking to Moses face to face ,as a man speaks to his own friend, Moses never lacked of respects To the Holy of Israel. The words heard from the burning bush must have echoed on Moses head every day leaving him with an indelible mark in his life. When the book of Exodus tells us this particular relate to God with the man with the sandals, he turns the humblest of requests, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your eyes, please let me know your ways, that I may know thee, and may find grace in thy sight” (Exodus 33). Many of us after the first part we would have abused of his friendships, carrying on in asking more and more, motivated by the belief that a friend must always say Yes or we would have focused on our own benefit. Moses doesn‛t do that. The leader of Israel starts from the assumption of "having found the favor" of the Almighty One and he doesn‛t ask other then to have the knowledge in order to secure that grace . The value of God's grace cannot be measured, and yet "it's enough for us”.

 

In his special relationship with God, Moses, however, it is not the only one to see him, even from behind. On one occasion he was not alone: ​"Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abiu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was like a pavement made by lapis lazli, as bright blue as the sky (Exodus 24: 9-10). After him there will be prophets to hear His voice and to see His glory. What Moses and those who were with him saw it is clear from the text, which later states that God "he said“: “But he said you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). The handbook invited us to not immagine him. Each human representation is incapable of reaching the divine. For sure the encounter with God transforms. For this reason I believe that we should never take fake behaviours, the so-called quiet life. As Paul did having the strengh to keep ''our thorns in the flesh'', because his grace makes the difference. When you can show yourself as you are ,you will discover the incredible strengh of the vulnerability, because when we are weak then we found ourselves strong in Him.

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